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? will the stock market plunge a thousand points and keep on dropping? will the world money watchers see the u.s. drowning in its own dysfunction? or will obama and the dead-end opposition it faces be saved by the public's horribly low expectations of what they can do? what will prove stronger for obama and boehner? the barrels they're riding in or the power of niagra falls itself? joining me now is politico's jonathan ryan. how about an answer on that one? what's going to protect these guys more? the low expectations people have about them getting anything done or failing to do what they set out to do. they all set the deadline. they have the -- what do you call it. the stakes are clear, the payroll taxes, income taxes, you name it. they put it all together. and if they blow it, who's going to get hurt the most? >> well, i think the republicans right now are hammering themselves in the foot over and over and over again. at some point they may figure out how to stop doing that. but in the short-term doesn't look like that's happening. i think the low expectations right now are only helpful to th
to call a lot more plays than you do when you're serving in the u.s. senate. you're more of a speck taker of what's going on. >> where was he when i needed him? where was he when you needed him? >> he's right there. >> because if he had advised you to do that, you would still be governor. >> yeah. well, maybe so. i had the wonderful opportunity and my wife did to have dinner with governor graham and adelle, and they are lovely people, and he is a great floridian and a great friend. >> if you had to advise somebody young deciding which political party, what would be your main knocks against the republican party 2012, right now? >> well, i just don't think they're very toll lant anymore and not very compassionate. at least the leadership. and i make that distinction because my mom and dad are compassionate people and they're still republicans, moderate republicans and i love them to death but i think the leadership of the party has lost its way. i was proud to be a republican when i was because it was the party of abraham lincoln, the great emancipator. it was the party of teddy roosevelt w
to call a lot more plays than you do when you're serving in the u.s. snalt. senate. you're more of a spectator. >> where was he when you needed him five years ago. if he would have advised you to do that, you'd still be governor. >> well, maybe so. i had the wonderf fuful opportu and my wife did, and they are lovely people. he is a great floridan and a great friend. >> if you had to advise somebody, what would be your main knocks against the republican party 2012 right now? >> well, i just don't think they're very toll rant anymore. and not very compassionate. at least the leadership. my mom and dad are very compassionate people and they're still republicans. and i love them to death. but i think the leadership of the party really has lost its way. i was proud to be what i was. it was the party of teddy roosevelt who founded and set up our national parks system. those things are important to me, especially as a floridan. so when the party started moving away from those kienlds of things, taking away the sunday to go vote, in the african american community, there's a great tradit
and backed by the u.s. chamber of commerce and other corporate interests. you have all these well-meaning blue collar republicans out there doing the bidding of millionaires -- >> how are they backed by the chamber? >> all kinds of corporate lobbyists are involved. if you look at the people, they have just been transplanted over from other well-funded groups to try to harness that tea party movement and well-meaning people were exploited. >> you said you wouldn't mind tiptoeing across the finish line january 1st. i have no idea. i'm afraid of that risk myself, but what are the right wing, what if they bring this house down. they do want this trouble. you don't want this economy to flatten out and go to a second recession. what are the right wingers who don't want any deal whatnot? what is their card game at the end, ron? >> it's kind of a crisis capitalism in a way or crisis governance. they create an energy by going over the fiscal cliff and then they say because we have this big emergency we need to do drastic things to defund mostly the domestic side of government, turn it over
. >>> who's the least popular u.s. senator in the united states? well, according to ppp's polling it's mitch mcconnell of kentucky. the republican leader isn't loved in his home state. 55% in kentucky disapprove. before president obama's inauguration mcconnell famously announced his top priority. make obama a one-term president. and democrats have a chance in 2014. we'll be right back. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ well, according to ppp's polling 2014.2014. we'll be right back. >>> welcome back to "hardball." things got ugly yesterday in michigan when they become the 24th right to work state in a huge blow to labor. about 10,000 protesters were outside the capitol and some brought down a tent housing those from the koch brothers' americans for prosperity. and steven crowder suffered a cracke
to pass it, the speaker abdicated his role in the fiscal cliff talks. he said it was up to the u.s. senate and the white house to do something. the sad reality is that boehner is leading a dysfunctional caucus with a vocal minority of tea partiers who can hold up the chances for any deal. today harry reid accused boehner of caring more about his re-election as speaker than getting something done. take a listen. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> what is boehner's game plan? does he even have one? ryan grim is washington bureau chief for "the huffington post," and glen johnson is politics editor for boston.com. i worked on the hill for years. you cover the hill and know it. that was a very personal shot from harry reid. is it accurate to say, open question, that speaker boehner is worried about staying speaker? >> yes. he's defini
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. it gives the government more money and will put off the actual kind of "d" day for the u.s. defaulting on its debt, only by a week or so. but, again, the real thing that should be scaring everybody is the thing that's coming in a couple of months. >> you know, we heard the president talking today about how mind boggling this is. you know, that normal people don't resolve their differences this way. i don't know how you can shuffle around money. that really is mind boggling. thank you. up next, the nra's response to gun violence? what else, more guns. the new battle over gun violence with chris matthews. you're watching "hardball" the place for politics. [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i ca
with personal experience with gun violence, u.s. congresswoman carolyn who lost her husband in a 1993 mass shooting on a commuter train. by the way, we called the nra, the national rifle association hoping to get someone from that organization on tonight. they said they're not commenting until more information is thoroughly known in this case. congresswoman, thank you so much for coming on. i know this brings it all back, but i thought it was great. i said we've got to get carolyn mccarthy because her reason to be in public life, to take on the voters to deal with the public life was this issue of the horror that hit your husband. >> and it was. you know, it's not funny, but, yesterday, in my office, we sat down to plan what we were going to do for the next term. and i said, listen, i came here to congress to reduce gun violence. we have to do something about it. the president's words meant a lot to me today because his tone was different. we have to take this head on. and i know that the white house had said earlier that this was not a time to talk about gun violence. you know what? they'
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